HYDERABAD: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma and mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa won their first round matches while Saina Nehwal and Sourabh Verma exited Thailand Open BWF Super-1000 tournament in Bangkok on Tuesday.
Saina lost to fourth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 17-21, 8-21 while Sourabh Varma went down to Anthony Sinsuka Ginting 16-21, 11-21. Meanwhile, Parupalli Kashyap retired hurt in the first game against Rasmus Gemke of Denmark.
Earlier, Sindhu gave a winning start to the Indian campaign with a straight-game victory against Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand 21-17, 21-13. Sindhu was slow off the blocks but dominated the game from the 15th point in the first game.
After crashing out in the first round of last week’s tournament, the victory on Tuesday was a big relief to Sindhu.
“It was a good game and I’m very, very happy. This win was very important for me in this tournament because at last week’s tournament, I went out in the first round. So, this win today was important because even though in the first game it was tight, I didn’t want to make it easy,” Sindhu told the BWF website. Sindhu is expected to reach the quarterfinals without breaking much sweat.
Srikanth, who pulled out of last week’s tournament with a calf injury registered an impressive victory against Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand 21-11, 21-11.
“I’m pleased with this win. After the injury, I have been resting and icing the calf, plus I got some practice in yesterday. I’m happy with the win and I’m looking forward to the next round,” Srikanth told BWF website.
Unseeded Sameer fought back after losing game to beat eighth seed Zii Jia Lee of Malaysia 18-21, 27-25, 21-19. Sameer said that he was not mentally prepared for this tournament. “I was not mentally prepared. When I was down in the second game, my coach told me to just focus on my own style. It was all about mind,” Sameer said.
Mixed doubles duo of Satwik and Ashwini worked hard to beat Niclas Nohr and Amalie Magelund of Denmark 23-21, 21-18.